Sam Bankman-Fried meets The Big Short author Michael Lewis while under house arrest

Author Michael Lewis, whose bestselling book The Big Short was made into a Hollywood blockbuster, is said to have met disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fred in recent days at the California home where he is holed up awaiting trial.

The New York Post reported, citing sources, that Lewis, 62, met with Bankman-Fried for several hours Friday at the $4 million home of the parents of the accused crypto fraudster, both law professors at Stanford University.

Outside the home, barriers manned by private security guards block off the residential street to keep curious onlookers away, an arrangement that costs the Bankman-Fried parents about $10,000 a week, according to the Post.

Lewis has reportedly been working on a book about Bankman-Fried for months, a project that was first revealed last month when the implosion of FTX accelerated its publication schedule.

Prior to Bankman-Fried’s arrest on federal charges, Lewis reportedly spent six months observing the 30-year-old CEO, traveling with him and interviewing him extensively.

FTX founder Sam Bankman Freed leaves New York federal court on Thursday after being released on a $250 million bail and ordered into custody at his parents’ home in California.

A team of security guards and Stanford police guard a closed street barrier near Sam Bankman-Fried's residence blocking access to the fried house Monday

A team of security guards and Stanford police guard a closed street barrier near Sam Bankman-Fried’s residence blocking access to the fried house Monday

Author Michael Lewis, whose bestselling Hollywood blockbuster book The Big Short is being adapted, reportedly met with Bankman-Fried at the house on Friday.

Author Michael Lewis, whose bestselling Hollywood blockbuster book The Big Short is being adapted, reportedly met with Bankman-Fried at the house on Friday.

The Ankler first reported that literary agent Michael Snyder had told his contacts that Lewis had six months’ worth of material on Bankman-Fried — who feuded in spectacular fashion with his mentor, Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao.

Zhao, the head of the world’s largest bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange, initially announced plans to bail out FTX firm Bankman-Fried, but then backtracked, saying FTX was not stable.

Lewis likened the duo to Block Skywalker and Darth Vader.

“Michael hasn’t written anything yet, but the story is getting too big to wait,” the agent said in his email, which was obtained by The Ankler.

Lewis’ previous books The Big Short, Moneyball, and The Blind Side have been made into Hollywood films.

It is unclear whether Bankman-Fried would benefit financially if Lewis’ upcoming book about him was made into a movie.

Usually, studios don’t have to pay to get the life rights to public figures, especially if they choose a non-fiction work to adapt.

Bankman Fried's parents, Barbara Fried and Joseph Bankman, are both professors of law at Stanford University.  They were seen above leaving court last week

Bankman Fried’s parents, Barbara Fried and Joseph Bankman, are both professors of law at Stanford University. They were seen above leaving court last week

The family reportedly pays $10,000 a week for private security patrols to close their residential streets and turn away onlookers.

The family reportedly pays $10,000 a week for private security patrols to close their residential streets and turn away onlookers.

Disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fred will spend his house arrest in this five-bedroom Bay Area home after a $250 million bond release Thursday.

Disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fred will spend his house arrest in this five-bedroom Bay Area home after a $250 million bond release Thursday.

However, even some convicted criminals received payments from studios eager to avoid lawsuits. In one case, con artist Anna Sorkin was paid $320,000 by Netflix for the rights to adapt her life story, even though the money went to pay damages and fines.

Bankman-Fried was not convicted of any crime, but is free on $250 million bail while he awaits trial on federal charges including wire fraud, commodity fraud, securities fraud, money laundering and campaign finance law violations.

In August, Lewis discussed in general terms his upcoming Bankman-Fried book in an interview with Financial News.

“I really don’t want to reveal exactly what I’m writing about,” he said.

But I’ve found a character I can write about – it oddly links Flash Boys, The Big Short, and Liar’s Poker.

I think it could be framed as a cryptobook, but it wouldn’t be a cryptobook.

It will be about this really unusual character. You will learn all about cryptocurrencies and learn what has messed up the market structure in the US and so on.

Sam Bankman Freed was pictured in court Thursday as he was awarded $250 million bail

Sam Bankman Freed was pictured in court Thursday as he was awarded $250 million bail

FTX had a one-time valuation of $32 billion before collapsing into bankruptcy last month amid allegations it misappropriated billions in client funds to prop up Bankman-Fried hedge fund Alameda Research.

Bankman-Fried, who was arrested in the Bahamas two weeks ago, was brought to the US last week to face charges that he defrauded FTX investors and plundered customer deposits.

He was released on a $250 million personal bond to live with his parents in Palo Alto, California, after an electronic monitoring bracelet was attached to him so that authorities could track his whereabouts.

On Tuesday, the case was reassigned to Judge Louis A. Kaplan, after the judge originally appointed herself because her husband worked for a law firm that had previously done FTX-related work.

Kaplan, 78, who held a senior position in Manhattan federal court for more than a decade, was nominated to the bench by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and has a reputation as a no-nonsense jurist.

He has overseen several high-profile trials and is currently presiding over two federal civil lawsuits filed by former Elle columnist E.Jan Carroll against former President Donald Trump.

Carroll said Trump raped her in the dressing room of an upscale Manhattan department store in 1995 or 1996. Trump has denied the accusations. A trial is scheduled for April.

The storied judge was also presiding over claims of sexual assault by an American woman against Prince Andrew before both sides were settled earlier this year, with Andrew declaring he never intended to defame her and agreeing to donate to the women’s charity. Prior to the settlement, Kaplan denied Andrew’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.

Most recently, Kaplan presided over the civil trial of Kevin Spacey after a colleague accused him of trying to molest him at his apartment after a party when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.

A jury sided with Spacey, finding that actor Anthony Rapp had not proven his case against him.

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